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Celebrating Amityville's Female Athletes

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Amityville Memorial High School celebrated Women’s History Month in March with a tribute to the Warriors female athletes. Students on all of the fall sports teams, which is the current athletic season, received gray and red “I Am A Warrior” T-shirts with silhouettes of girls playing multiple sports. 

Students also shared what being a female athlete means to them. Cheerleader Dana Rickenbacker, who grew up attending her older brothers’ football games and wrestling matches, aspired to have the same sense of belonging to a team when she reached high school. 

“I wanted to be a part of a group where we are all passionate about what we are doing,” Dana said. “Having a sisterhood in cheer is one of the things I love most. I can talk to anyone about cheerleading but they don't understand it; no one would unless you are a cheerleader yourself. In school, cheerleading is my motivation and seeing as this year has been strange, cheerleading has been pushing me more than ever because I want to maintain being a scholar-athlete.”

Quanasia Anthony said being a member of the volleyball team lets her do what she loves, while basketball player Makayla Warrick said her success shows that young women have the power to do anything they put their minds too. 

“I feel confident while playing sports because it's empowering to do what I can do to the best of my abilities,” added tennis player Makayla Gunter. “To improve myself psychically, mentally and socially makes me feel better about myself. Being on the tennis team for more than a year has greatly improved my self-esteem.”

She added that she strives to become a positive role model and ambassador for the sport like famous tennis players like Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

Tchama Louis of the track and field and cross-country teams likes sports because it brings her together with other people and teaches valuable lessons such as goal-setting, respect, teamwork and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Soccer player Genesis Perez says sports helps her feel more confident in her own skin.

“We build a family with other empowering women and girls,” Genesis said. “It means having the opportunity to inspire other girls and being able to learn from them each and every day.”

Gianely McCatty, of the softball team, said being a woman in sports means more to her than just the gender, label or the difference between a man in sports. 

“I take pride in playing a sport, and so should everyone else,” she said. “With that being said, being a woman in sports is more than just playing, it’s an encouragement for change.”
Monday, May 17, 2021